Iranian Supreme Leader: Nuclear talks show ‘enmity’ of U.S. against Iran
Hours before Iranian and EU officials were expected to meet in Geneva, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered harsh criticism of the U.S. and the EU partners meeting with representatives of his country.
Iran and the group, known as the P5+1, including US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany, gather in Geneva for two days of talks, in order to hash out the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Under the agreement for talks, the P5+1 provided some relief to international sanctions and agreed not to impose further measures that would negatively affect the Iranian economy. In return, Iran halted parts of its nuclear push for six months.
Despite previously backing the deal, Reuters reported Khamenei had changed his tone by Thursday. “The nuclear talks showed the enmity of America against Iran, Iranians, Islam and Muslims,” the Supreme Leader said. “We had announced previously that on certain issues, if we feel it is expedient, we would negotiate with the Satan (the United States) to deter its evil.”